Fenchel, Käte

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Fenchel, Käte Gender: F
Käthe Sperling
born on 21 December 1905 at 01:15 (= 01:15 AM )
Place Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany, 52n28, 13e22
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 28°29' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°08 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°09'


German-Jewish mathematician, best known for her work on non-abelian groups. Born to a newspaper reporter and a bookkeeper, young Käte learned to read and write sooner than most children, and after skipping a few grades, was given scholarships to attend private school. She faced some gender discrimination in attempting to complete her studies in pure mathematics at the University of Berlin, and went into mathematics education as a fallback at first. As Adolf Hitler came to power, she lost her job and married Werner Fenchel, also a Jew. The newlyweds escaped to Denmark, where she helped other German Jews escape Nazi persecution. But when Denmark was occupied by the Nazis, they had to flee to Sweden. After the war, the Fenchels returned to Denmark, but Käte did not publish any papers until two in 1962, and another in 1978. She died on 19 December 1983 at age 77.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Fenchel, Werner (born 3 May 1905). Notes: 1933-1983


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics